He had a crib, then it got recalled... and now we're waiting...
All of us luckily made it through being put to sleep on our bellies, but the Back to Sleep Campaign has promoted research that putting babies on their backs greatly reduces the risks of SIDS. Since the Booger was born, we did just as we were told, kept bumpers, soft toys, and blankets out of his crib, and put him on his back to sleep.
Now, though, he is in the habit of playing on his belly and then falling asleep ***gasp*** on his belly! I made fun of my husband the first time he discovered the baby on his belly in his crib and turned him over. Then the other day I went to check on him and my crazy little mommy heart started beating like a drum. I rushed over and stared and stared at him until I felt completely and totally satisfied that he was indeed still breathing. Then I flipped him over.
Many rational articles explain why it is a risk for young babies to sleep on their bellies and also explain why it is okay for older babies who can roll to assume whatever position they like. However- I am a mom. I am not rational.
Thus, I have spent the evening checking on my peacefully sleeping son because within 45 seconds of my putting his on his back to sleep, he was on his belly. My rational, educated side keeps telling my irrational, mom side that he is okay. And each time I fight the urge to flip him over. I am slowly coming to the realization that this is the first, but by far, not the last time my irrational mom brain will keep tabs on my baby while he does things his own way instead of mine.
Mom brain has had its other affects as well- somehow I went to the store for a few things yesterday, namely toilet paper and stamps. What did I leave the store without? You guessed it.